Clear mind. Effective communication. Better management skills. Confidence. Impressive knowledge base. Extra income. Trust. New friends. Excellent vocabulary. Stress management. Edge over competition.
It's usually the little things that make the most difference. If you read my CV or profile, you will see a lot of technical achievements and feel that it is my technical skills that have differentiated me. Today, I am going to surprise you.
Yes, my technical skills help me deliver on projects I get. But it is my non-technical skills that get me those projects in the first place. And chief of those non-technical skills is my ability to communicate clearly, intelligently and purposefully. People love it when they can have an interesting discussion with you. They love to be surprised that you know so much about business, technology and how to help them solve their problems in better ways than they initially had in mind.
They love it when they can talk to you as an equal, like a partner in their business, and not as some technical guy who is cranked up about his tools and know jack about anything else. They love it when I can talk politics, international business, finance, logistics, accounting, banking, oil and gas, shipping, aviation, retail marketing, project management, fiction and know something valuable about everything.
And they love it better when my writing is impressive -- from proposal documents to project documentation.
My daily reading and writing exercise has paid off most handsomely for me than any other skill I have acquired.